abstract paintings

Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous

Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb on Creating Abstract Art

When a New York Times art critic reviewed Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb’s work, the artists responded with a letter that became a manifesto on abstract art. In it, they stressed being in favor of the “simple expression of the complex thought,” and for “the large shape because it has the impact of the unequivocal,” among other […]

Robert Motherwell and the New York School

About Robert Motherwell

“To end up with a canvas that is no less beautiful than the empty canvas is to begin with.” In 1940, a young painter named Robert Motherwell came to New York City and joined a group of artists — including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Franz Kline — who set out to […]